The Super Smash Bros. Movie

By Phill Powell

Super Smash Bros., introduced in 1999 for the Nintendo 64, broke the fighting-game mold.

Instead of brooding muscle-bound characters, the mega-popular, fighting-game series featured Nintendo’s cute cultural icons: Mario, Donkey Kong, Link from the “Zelda” series and other characters from Nintendo’s Hall of Fame.


The “Super Smash Bros.” franchise has sold more than a half-billion units…and is still going strong. (Image: Nintendo)

Some of the world’s best-known and most beloved franchise characters were brought together for a battle of gigantic proportions. (No, we aren’t talking about the Avengers.) Super Smash Bros. helped define new ideas about video game design and what could be done with a fighting game.

Now comes word (revealed by corporate leaks from Sony Pictures) that a “Super Smash Bros.” movie has been discussed in Hollywood for some time, and Nintendo and studio heads could launch the project soon.

Character Counts
A “Super Smash Bros.” action movie makes a lot of sense: Iconic characters are ideal for toy licensing. Massive on-screen visual effects-laden battles sell movie tickets. Plus, the sequel and spin-off franchise potential (think Kirby’s Epic Floating Journey) is itself a billion-dollar business for the studio that nabs the rights.

With a current roster of 51 distinct characters who could make an appearance in a “Super Smash Bros.” movie, there are at least 10 superstars both gamers and the general public would recognize and want to see:

  • Mario (from Super Mario Bros.)
  • Donkey Kong (Donkey Kong)
  • Pikachu (Pokemon)
  • Link (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Kirby (Kirby)
  • Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Yoshi (Yoshi’s Island)
  • Pac-Man (Pac-Man)
  • Palutena (Kid Icarus)

…plus Nintendo’s other great characters, too!

Here’s our pitch for a “Super Smash Bros.” movie: A team of rag-tag fighters led by a plumber uncover an evil group of mad hackers who are using video games to take over the world. (Image: Nintendo)

The Plot Thickens
A “Super Smash Bros.” movie has not been formally been announced, so we’ll have to wait and see if a studio buys the rights and starts to get it made. Meanwhile, we’re wondering if a “Super Smash Bros.” movie would follow the actual games’ tournament structure or would the characters be launched into some kind of other adventure, where they’re united against one or more common foes? Hmmm…

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